Inktober 2017 Day 12: “Shattered” Not Broken

Inktober 2017 Day 12: “Shattered” Not Broken

For today’s drawing, I decided to explore the double meaning behind the word “shattered.” Click the post title to see the drawing!

In this post:

  • The Origin of “Shattered” Not Broken
  • Preliminary Sketches
  • Final Drawing


“Shattered.”  As I mentioned in the introduction, there are 2 main ways to interpret shattered. There is the literal way, which describes something that is broken into little pieces.  Then there is the emotion of being shattered or devastated.  Like most of my Inktober drawings, “Shattered” Not Broken developed out of a combination of ideas.


Shattered is most commonly associated with mirrors.  I thought of the mirrors in Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, and Tangled. I tried drawing mirrors, but I wasn’t satisfied with the shape and whether or not the prompt was coming through on the page.

To put a different spin on the prompt, I tried sketching a shattered lollipop.  This concept was inspired by how pretty and pricey those rainbow swirl lollipops are and how gut-wrenching it would be to drop one.  However, just like the mirrors, I couldn’t get the effect that I wanted with the lollipop.

Since the literal interpretation wasn’t working for me, I thought about how I could portray an emotion (similar to “Shy”). My mind went to Pixar movies because the studio is known for scenes that have the ability to break an audience.  First, I thought about Inside Out and Toy Story 3. The picture above was my attempt to draw the scene where Buzz and Woody watch Andy head to college.  I was aiming to put the scene inside of a Sadness memory orb.

Once again I was not pleased with the look of the characters, so I went back to brainstorming. Finally, it hit me to base my drawing on arguably the most devastating scene in all of the Pixar movies: the opening scene in Up.


I chose the Paradise Falls jar because it shows both sides to today’s prompt. Carl and Ellie smash the jar whenever life gets in the way of their dream. Their love story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.  I called the sketch “Shattered Not Broken” because although Carl and Ellie didn’t get to realize their dream of going to Paradise Falls, they got to live an adventure together.  Hope you enjoyed today’s Inktober drawing.  Please come back tomorrow for Day 13!

Thanks for reading!

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